A ROMAN MARBLE FORTUNA
A ROMAN MARBLE FORTUNA

CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

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A ROMAN MARBLE FORTUNA
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
Standing on an integral plinth with her weight on her left leg, the right relaxed and bent at the knee, wearing a high-belted tunic, the belt centered by a Herakles knot positioned below the breasts, the tunic clinging to her body, revealing its form beneath, with buttons along the sleeve, her mantle draped over her left shoulder, across her waist in a diagonal roll over the left arm, and wrapping around her legs, her sandaled feet emerging from below the hem, cradling a fruit-filled cornucopia in her bent left arm, her right hand lowered and likely originally resting on a ship's rudder, preserving two mortises on the neck for attachment of the separately-made and now-missing head, two additional mortises on the proper right side of the plinth, one preserving an iron pin
40 5/8 in. (103.2 cm.) high
Provenance
American Private Collection, 1988.
with Fortuna Fine Arts, New York, 2000 (Beloved by Time, no. 125).

Lot Essay

The Roman counterpart of the Greek goddess Tyche, Fortuna was "not a goddess of chance or luck, but rather the bringer of fertility or increase (Rose, "Fortuna" in The Oxford Classical Dictionary). For the type see nos. 16-34 in Rausa, "Tyche/Fortuna" in LIMC, vol. VIII.
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